We AAs love inspiring Big Book phrases like “We are going to know a new freedom and a new happiness.” One of the less read but truly consequential passages in A.A. annuals is the “Why do we have a conference” speech excerpt that appears in the AA Service Manual and in the AA history book, A.A. Comes of Age.
Here is an excerpt:
We may not need a General Service Conference to ensure our own recovery. We do need it to ensure the recovery of the alcoholic who still stumbles in the darkness one short block from this room. We need it to ensure the recovery of a child being born tonight, destined for alcoholism. We need it to provide, in keeping with our Twelfth Step, a permanent haven for all alcoholics who, in the ages ahead, can find in A.A. that rebirth that brought us back to life.
We need it because we, more than all others, are conscious of the devastating effect of the human urge for power and prestige which we must ensure can never invade AA We need it to ensure AA against government, while insulating it against anarchy.
We need it so that Alcoholics Anonymous, and Alcoholics Anonymous alone, is the ultimate repository of its Twelve Steps, its Twelve Traditions, and all of its services.
We need it to ensure that changes within AA come only as a response to the needs and the wants of all AA, and not of any few. We need it to ensure that the doors of the halls of AA never have locks on them, so that all people for all time who have an alcoholic problem may enter these halls unasked and feel welcome. We need it to ensure that Alcoholics Anonymous never asks of anyone who needs us what his or her race is, what his or her creed is, what his or her social position is.
Area 53 is proud to host our version of the 65th General Service Conference that will meet this April 19 – 25 in New York City.
Our Conference held at Deer Creek, is designed to give Central and SE Ohio AAs a spirit of the 65th General Service Conference , in New York. The Area 53 Mini-Conference will be held March 6 – 8, at the Deer Creek Lodge and Conference Center, 22300 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling Ohio 43143.
To register, enter the On Line Registration link located below the count-down clock on the Area 53 website. On line registration cutoff is March 4, 2015.
To reserve a room call 740-869-2020 before Feb 15 to get Conference rates. There will be early bird AA meetings in the mornings, AA speakers Friday and Saturday night, workshops and informative presentations all weekend. You can meet the delegates who will be voting in New York and hear from Bill F., Regional Trustee, and from Racy J. from the General Service Office Cooperation with the Professional Community desk. There will also be an abundance of fellowship in and around the hospitality suites where soup and snacks will be served.
The Conference theme is Celebrating 80 Years of Recovery, Unity and Service — The Foundation for Our Future.
See you there.